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The Beautiful Country Reviews

April 12, 2010
Its epic tale of two cultures tragically entwined is anchored by deep and elemental emotions.
August 5, 2005
Conditions for the characters may be bleak, but their perseverance makes the story compelling.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 5, 2005
[A] graceful and yet harrowing drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 5, 2005
A poignant and affecting portrait of the war's lingering consequences.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 4, 2005
At times, the movie feels like a manufactured Asian Chocolat, which drives the label 'art house movie' even further into mainstream banality.
August 4, 2005
Along with 1983's El Norte and 1963's America, America, The Beautiful Country conveys something essential about the immigrant experience.
Read More | Original Score: B
July 28, 2005
This ambitious drama grapples with big themes -- identity, family, East-West conflict - but loses itself in melodrama, caricature and narrative missteps.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 22, 2005
The culminating shot in this graceful tale of Binh -- the Vietnamese son of a U.S. soldier -- reminds the viewer one final time how methodically compassionate Norwegian director Hans Petter Moland's film has been from lovely start to loving end.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 21, 2005
An intimate epic of the Vietnamese immigration experience, The Beautiful Country is a humane story of man's inhumanity.
Full Review | Original Score: B
July 21, 2005
A touching story built on conflict: emotional, cultural and physical.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 21, 2005
It's a heartening, rewarding experience to watch this journey -- and, especially, its end.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 15, 2005
The storytelling is problematic -- Binh seems uncannily able to find the right people at the right time -- and the performances uneven.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
July 15, 2005
Quiet, moving and beautifully shot drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 15, 2005
The Beautiful Country has the epic scope of Oliver Stone's 1993 Vietnamese saga Heaven & Earth, and some of its problems as well.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 14, 2005
Buoyed by a low-key perf from Tim Roth en route and a splendid showing by Nick Nolte in the powerful final reels.
July 14, 2005
This movie has small ambitions and big emotions, a lean but honest and detailed script by Sabina Murray, and marvelous performances by everyone involved.
July 8, 2005
An epic journey worth taking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 8, 2005
The movie grows steadily more arresting as it goes on and saves its best parts for last, as Binh inches closer to finding his dad.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 8, 2005
A subtle yet powerful movie about a journey outward and inward.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 7, 2005
It is hard not to admire the independence and ambition of The Beautiful Country, even if the film does fall short of its epic intentions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 7, 2005
Rewards the patient with an eloquent climactic sequence that is impossible to predict.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 7, 2005
The moments of genuine feeling get wind-tossed on a sea of hard sell.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
July 7, 2005
Norwegian director Hans Petter Moland lays on the pathos with a trowel, but the movie is carried by Nguyen's quiet competence.
July 6, 2005
Inside the Norwegian director's glove of empathy is a fist of unappeasable anger.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 18, 2004
The details are surprisingly fresh, and the characters are vividly drawn.